Most of us aren’t in the best of moods when we need to call a plumber. After all, most people call plumbers only when things have gone terribly wrong (that shouldn’t be the case, because you should actually call the plumber well before any disasters strike, but we’ll talk more about that later). And if your property needs extensive plumbing repairs, you could be in for a lot of inconvenience and disruption.
Serious plumbing repairs can mean giving up a shower, a toilet, an entire bathroom, or even all of the water in your home for a period of time. The experience can make your home temporarily uncomfortable. And if you’re getting your work done on a commercial property, it could be even worse. All kinds of repairs and construction can disrupt businesses and hurt their income, andyour business is unlikely to be an exception. On top of all of this, of course, you’ll have to actually fork over the cash that it takes to pay a reliable plumbing professional. All in all, not a pleasant experience.
But wait. You can do some things to minimize the impact of plumbing repairs on your home or business. Here are a few ways to dodge disaster.
Opt for trenchless repairs
Thanks to modern plumbing technology, it is possible to get trenchless pipe repair, trenchless pipe lining, and other trenchless jobs done with minimal pain and disruption. What is a “trenchless” repair? Well, think about it — sewer lines and other major pipes run to and from your property under driveways, streets, and lawns. Getting at those pipes used to always mean digging — you guessed it — a trench.
Trenchless fixes aren’t an option in every situation, but if you don’t want the Grand Canyon opening up on your residential or commercial property, then you’re probably going to want to ask your trusted plumbing professional about the option.
Bite the bullet, then prepare for next time
You spot a plumbing problem on your property. Do you:
- Call the plumber right away
- Try to fix it yourself
- Put it off, because you can’t afford this right now!
As you can guess, the answer is a). Did you choose b)? Trying to fix things yourself is not a great idea, because DIY projects can go wrong, and plumbing systems deal with water and pressure that can mess up your property badly if you make amistake in a big project. But the worst answer of all may be c). While you may think that you “can’t afford” to get plumbing repairs done right away, the reality is that acting fast is the cheapest option. Plumbing problems don’t get better on their own. They only get worse! And you had better believe that they only get more expensive to fix as they grow larger and more complex.
So act fast. And while you’re chatting with your plumber, ask about routine and preventative maintenance options. If you stay proactive about your plumbing system, you’ll be able to head off problems before they require huge and disruptive repair work.
Develop alternative facilities and schedules
Sometimes, a big plumbing fix is unavoidable. If you’re going to get through it with minimal frustration, it may be worth investing in some alternative facilities or smart scheduling.
Want to keep your business open without a bathroom? It may be worth the expense to rent a port-a-potty. Alternatively, you would work with a trusted plumbing professional to schedule work for after business hours, or for a time when you know that fewer customers or employees are likely to be on site. For work on a residential property, consider asking the neighbors if you could use their facilities for a day — or, if you have a great relationship with your plumbing team, and they consent to the arrangement, consider taking off and getting out of town while the work is done in your space.
A great plumbing system needs repairs and maintenance to keep it in shape. But managing those responsibilities doesn’t have to be a huge headache. A few smart decisions can keep plumbing fixes from being too disruptive.